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How to get the length of string containing HTML Entities using Perl?

I have a string variable containing mix of HTML Entities of Japanese characters, I would like to get the length of the string, and treat each HTML Entity as length of 2, and standard English character as length of 1.

I would like to use regular express for matching the &#xxxxx; counts, how can I get this done?

eg. $str contains abc&#xxxxx;123&#xxxxx;xyz

Normally, I would get the length of 25, but instead, I would like to get length of 11.
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jay28lee
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clockwatcherCommented:
You might try:

$a = $str;  # copy the string
$a =~ s/&#.*?;/aa/sg;  # swap all your html entities with a two character string
print length($a);  # return its length

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ozoCommented:
print $length=()="abc&#xxxxx;123&#xxxxx;xyz"=~/&.*?;|./g    
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ozoCommented:
Do you want a length of 11 or 13?
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